For all you modern, beach wedding lovers you better get ready to take some notes.  I love the fresh approach to sleek, modern decor in this Dana Point Wedding by Ashley Rose Photography.  There is a fun mixture of all the elements and a little touch of country as homage to the groom’s Idaho roots.  The look is simple, clean and oh-so sweet.  You’ll have to click here to see even more!

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From the Bride… We wanted the look and feel of the wedding to reflect our lives and our personalities so we chose a modern country theme.  We both love the ocean and the I am from Southern California so it made sense to have the venue on the ocean. We also wanted a rustic country barn look, which tied in the rural Idaho upbringing of the husband.  We used colors and decor that were clean, simple, and elegant.

My favorite memory of the day was seeing each other for the “first look.”  After all the build up and anticipation, it was really exciting.  It was great to celebrate with all of our closest friends and family and see everyone having a great time on the dance floor. Overall the entire day was an amazing experience.

The advice I would give to other brides would be, don’t procrastinate! We were sure to plan things ahead of schedule just in case we had a bump or two in the road.  Also, hire a wedding planner! If you are in the Southern California area, Gianna San Filippo (Chic Celebrations) was our wedding planner and she was amazing! Since we were not near our location while planning, it helped to have someone there who was well connected to all the vendors, venues, etc. They are worth it, and it makes the planning and wedding day go very smoothly!  We were also very happy we did all our pictures before the wedding.  It took the stress and time crunch out of doing it after the ceremony.  It allowed us a little time to ourselves after the ceremony to relax and take a deep breath. Finally, don’t sweat the small stuff. Getting caught up in minor details can take the fun out of planning the wedding and you won’t remember the little stuff after the wedding anyway.

Wedding Photography: Ashley Rose Photography / Floral Design: Jacqueline of Heavenly Blooms / Event Design & Planning: Gianna San Filippo of Chic Celebrations / Wedding Ceremony & Reception Location: The Ocean Institute / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden / Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Darcy